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Ways your community can help with the relief effort.

Hurricane Andrew has come and gone, but his legacy of death and destruction will be faced by survivors for years to come. Communities that braved the storm are now reaching out for help from any place that offers.

The Florida League of Cities has established Project COPE (Cities Outreach Programs Effort) to link city-to-city direct and coordinated disaster relief. Florida League of Cities President Bill Evers, mayor of Bradenton, sent an action alert to local government colleagues all over the state asking for support and supplies to help needy communities.

The Florida League has established a special phone and fax lines cities and individuals can call to offer help. COPE coordinators ask, however, that callers specify what their city may be able to offer in terms of manpower, equipment or supplies.

As Nation's Cities Weekly went to press the Louisiana Municipal Association could not be reached by telephone, presumably because of storm damage. As relief needs for that state become clear, we will provide information on how communities can help affected parishes along that state's Gulf coast.

As usual, relief efforts are also underway through the Salvation Army and American Red Cross. Either of these organizations can provide assistance to communities and individuals seeking to offer monetary assistance to hurricane survivors.

The following is a list, provided by COPE, of the type of assistance needed by the disaster relief area: Potable water, non-perishable food, medical supplies, baby supplies (diapers, formula, etc.) trucks and loaders to clear debris, chainsaws and professional staff familiar with establishing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) system inventory and documentation of petroleum fuels, bedding supplies, charcoal and grills, generators and batteries, candles, matches, flashlights, sterno, ice, camera and film (to document for insurance purposes), paper and writing utensils, cash can be used through a voucher program for purchasing clothes and other emergency items, and willing workers.

How to help

* Project COPE Florida League of Cities 201 West Park. Avenue P.O. Box 1757 Tallahassee, Fla. 32302 phone (904) 222,-9684 fax (904) 222,-3806 Contact: Ann Jenkins * The Salvation Army Hurricane Andrew P.O. Box 270848 Tampa, Fla. 33688 * The American Red Cross Disaster Relief P.O. Box 37243 Washington, D.C. 20013 1 (800) 842-2200 * Louisiana Municipal Association, (800) 234-8274, fax (504) 344-3057. * Florida League of Cities/Cities Outreach Program Effort (COPE), (904) 222-96 84. * Municipal Association of South Carolina, (803) 799-9574, fax (803) 799-9520.
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Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Aug 31, 1992
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